Thursday, September 10, 2009

The simoncowellisation of the Mercury Prize

The introduction to the Guardian interview with Speech Debelle this morning runs:
After a troubled childhood and years living in hostels, Speech Debelle came out on top – with the Mercury music prize. She always knew she could do it
I wish Miss Debelle well, even though her music is probably not My Sort of Thing. But I can't help fearing that this sort of writing is a mark of the reach of Simon Cowell's influence on popular culture.

Do you now need a sob story now to win the Mercury Prize as well as X Factor?

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